Jennifer L. Pfau, MD

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine

Jennifer Pfau


Dr. Pfau is the Maternal Child Health Director for the Department of Family Medicine, with a strong interest in maternal/child and reproductive health as outlined below. Dr. Pfau is core faculty in the family medicine residency program and serves as a resident advisor. She precepts residents at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, working with a primarily Spanish-speaking immigrant/underserved patient population. Dr. Pfau is also core faculty for the Preventive Medicine Residency (Community Prevention and Maternal Health Equity Track). Dr. Pfau has an interest in global health and has volunteered in Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Lesotho and Cambodia. When she is not busy working, she enjoys trying new restaurants, hiking/camping and playing with her dog (Snickers).

Expertise in maternal child health:
1) Maternal Child Health Director (Department of Family Medicine)
2) ALSO certified instructor and advisory faculty
3) NRP certified instructor
4) Centering Pregnancy: Level II/Advanced Facilitation training
4) Past course director for the fourth year medical student Maternal Child Health elective


  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, MD
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, BS


  • Published on 4/30/2021

    Choi Y, Hoffman J, Alarcon L, Pfau J, Bolourchi M. Neonatal arrhythmias in Turner syndrome: a case report and review of the literature. Eur Heart J Case Rep. 2021 Apr; 5(4):ytab160. PMID: 34124555.

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  • Published on 9/1/2007

    Quadros PS, Pfau JL, Wagner CK. Distribution of progesterone receptor immunoreactivity in the fetal and neonatal rat forebrain. J Comp Neurol. 2007 Sep 1; 504(1):42-56. PMID: 17614295.

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  • Published on 8/22/2007

    Barks JD, Liu YQ, Shangguan Y, Li J, Pfau J, Silverstein FS. Impact of indolent inflammation on neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in mice. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2008 Feb; 26(1):57-65. PMID: 17923368.

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  • Published on 11/26/2003

    Wagner CK, Xu J, Pfau JL, Quadros PS, De Vries GJ, Arnold AP. Neonatal mice possessing an Sry transgene show a masculinized pattern of progesterone receptor expression in the brain independent of sex chromosome status. Endocrinology. 2004 Mar; 145(3):1046-9. PMID: 14645115.

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  • Published on 10/1/2002

    Quadros PS, Pfau JL, Goldstein AY, De Vries GJ, Wagner CK. Sex differences in progesterone receptor expression: a potential mechanism for estradiol-mediated sexual differentiation. Endocrinology. 2002 Oct; 143(10):3727-39. PMID: 12239082.

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  • Published on 6/5/2001

    Wagner CK, Pfau JL, De Vries GJ, Merchenthaler IJ. Sex differences in progesterone receptor immunoreactivity in neonatal mouse brain depend on estrogen receptor alpha expression. J Neurobiol. 2001 Jun 5; 47(3):176-82. PMID: 11333399.

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